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No to war celebrations.

DAVID Cameron has announced that the Government will be spending PS50m celebrating the start of World War One.

Well, he has already proved that, despite his private education, his knowledge of historical facts is not very good.

Unable to answer the Magna Carta question, for example, on American television comes to mind.

Ten million soldiers and eight million civilians perished in that Ferdinand of Austria on June 28, 1914. The British declaration of war against Germany was on August 4. My uncle Martin, in the Northumberland Fusiliers in 1914, was one of the 26,000 killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme, July 1, 1916, and no doubt many Chronicle readers would have suffered a family loss on that fateful day. If anything good came out of this horror story it was the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the success of the Russian revolution in 1917 which overthrew the corrupt Tzar of Russia. It was also the beginning of the fall of the British Empire.

Well, I doubt if David Cameron would be aware of these facts as he would have had second thoughts about the celebrations.

LES MAY, Gateshead.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 26, 2012
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